Lawmakers discuss academic standards in ESEA overhaul

Lawmakers at a U.S. Senate hearing on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act agreed that the push for national academic standards is on the right track, but they noted the need for states to set a high bar for students. Other issues discussed included balancing state and local flexibility with the need to ensure academic rigor for students, proposals to develop multiple sets of social studies standards, and computer-based tests that can be easily modified for gifted students as well as students with disabilities or students not proficient in English.

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